‘He had a knife’: Carjacking victim speaks about wild ride with Peabody murder suspect

BOSTON (WHDH) – Authorities said a suspect in a gruesome double homicide in Peabody is responsible for a knifepoint carjacking Wednesday night outside a Hailey’s restaurant in Middleton.

Kenneth Metz, 64, was carjacked outside the restaurant on Route 114 at about 7 p.m. by a man they believe was 40-year-old Wes Doughty.

Doughty is a suspect in the murders last weekend of 37-year-old Mark Greenlaw and 39-year-old Jennifer O’Connor, whose bodies were found in a cluttered home on Farm Avenue.

After the carjacking, the suspect drove to Boston’s South End, where Metz was able to escape around 10 p.m.

Metz said he surrendered his car to Doughty, who was allegedly armed with a knife, and was then tied up with a seat belt.

“When I realized he had a knife, I decided to cooperate,” Metz said.

Metz, a resident of Middleton, spoke about the ordeal Thursday and credited faith as a factor in surviving the kidnapping.

“God gave me great peace, I am a believer in Jesus Christ,” Metz said.

During the terrifying drive to Boston, Metz said Doughty made it clear to him that he had committed the grisly murders.

“He said they killed them because they gave heroin to his godfather,” Metz said. “He said he didn’t want his godfather to be addicted to heroin.”

Metz said he escaped while Doughty stopped to buy liquor and cigarettes on Tremont Street. Doughty didn’t know his way around Boston, according Metz.

Doughty remains on the loose and is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said Doughty may be driving a gray 2006 Honda Accord four door sedan with license plate 7KLY80.


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